TENMOKU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

This is limited edition only available in autumn and winter season.

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 2.95inch (7.5cm), standard matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Nishijima Hideki at Yanagi Kiln

This Matcha bowl looks very simple, but it requires great effort and technique to create this bowl. Black glaze called TENMOKU YU coats this earthenware color Matcha bowl. The flow of TENMOKU glaze is well reflected on this bowl, and also creates a pattern as though we are looking at stars in the night sky.

This pattern is known as YUTEKI which means oil droplet. TENMOKU YU glaze is an iron glaze traditionally known for its impenetrable and elusive nature. In ancient times, it was said that if an artisan tried to pursue TENMOKU glaze, they would become insolvent. It was developed more than 800 years ago, and many artisans pursed its technique, but few were successful. Because TENMOKU glaze was so difficult to create, it was a great honor for tea masters to acquire such precious earthenware at that time.

Hideki Nishijima, the creator of this Matcha bowl, is famous for the outstanding skills of glazing. His prominent glazing technique gives illusory beauty to the bowl.

The shape is one of the traditional forms called TENMOKU Chawan. A part of the rim is uniquely hollowed in a horizontal form in the traditional TENMOKU style. The technique called TSUCHIMISE, which means "show clay" in Japanese, is also used for the bottom of TENMOKU style.

The size is just a little smaller than the standard Matcha bowl size and therefore produces a delicate and graceful atmosphere. The appearance is captivating, just like a dark night sky filled with stars.

This bowl is well planned and designed, though it looks quite simple at first glance, since its form and size also fit into both hands when drinking Matcha.
The attractive black color pairs beautifully with the refined green color of Matcha. You will enjoy the aesthetic and unique atmosphere and supreme green tea moment with this TENMOKU Matcha bowl.

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the artisan. There are natural variations in each piece.)




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Hideki Nishijima

Hideki Nishijima was born in Kyoto in 1948. He opened Yanagi Kiln in 1972 after apprenticing under the Raku Yaki artisan, Ugyoh Hohno. His techniques are widely known as quite steady and conscientious. His works are not only created in compliance with the strict rules of tea ceremony schools but are also simple and quite warm-hearted.
In contrast to the fact that his works follow the time-honored tea ceremony tradition, his eyes are open progressively toward the world. He often teaches and works with ceramics students from foreign countries. His balance between traditional concepts and openness to new ideas may be one reason why his works receive such high acclaim.


- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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